Rand Paul (AP/Charles Dharapak)
WASHINGTON (AP) - Senator Rand Paul has introduced legislation that would require a warrant before any government agency could search the phone records of Americans.
Responding to the furor over the disclosure of the National Security Agency program, Paul says the bill introduced Friday is intended to stop the NSA from spying on U.S. citizens.
The bill says the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution cannot be misconstrued to allow an unreasonable search and seizure by any agency without a warrant based on probable cause.
The Kentucky Republican and tea party favorite has been highly critical of President Barack Obama over protecting civil liberties.
Paul calls the latest revelation of a secret program to collect phone records of millions of Verizon customers "an astounding assault on the Constitution."